Superintendent's Message - 9/20/18

     Published on 9/24/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I want to start this message with a quick shout out to the staff at PSLA at Fowler, who have done a great job engaging families and the community, one of the priorities of our new strategic plan, Building Our Future! Danforth also hosted a successful curriculum night which engaged families and Roberts had nearly 300 people at their family picnic/curriculum night. Webster leadership has created a bulletin board to remind staff of the importance of the daily work they do as it relates to our plan, and I look forward to seeing how all of you implement our priorities into your daily work. If you haven’t already, I hope you will take a few minutes to read about the new plan and think of how you can bring our goals to life. As you do, please share photos with us on Twitter by tagging @SyracuseSchools and using #SCSDSuccess!
This week, I was pleased to join Mayor Walsh and local Blessings in a Backpack partners as the Mayor issued a proclamation declaring September 23-29 Blessings in a Backpack week. The Blessings in a Backpack program currently serves more than 900 students in five SCSD schools, helping to fill in the hunger gap for students who may otherwise go hungry over weekends and school recesses. If you’d like to donate food to the program, Blessings in a Backpack is hosting a food drive on September 29th at the Walmart in Liverpool. Donations can also be made from now until September 29th at various locations throughout the city – please click here for details.
On Thursday, I visited WCNY to take part in the Great American Read. As you know, one of the areas I am passionate about is helping to improve literacy among our youngest scholars. One of the best ways we can do this is by reading to them, with them and sharing our love of books. The Great American Read allowed me to share an excerpt from Terrazo, one of my favorites, and how it has impacted my life. I encourage all of you to follow my lead and take a few minutes to talk with your students about their reading experiences. Share your favorite book and why you enjoy it. Ask your students to share their favorite books. And be sure to share with us on Twitter as your students are improving their literacy – use #SCSDReads!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Nottingham students working collaboratively on their comparative essays, Syracuse Latin scholars learning about Constitution Day, McKinley-Brighton scholars taking part in the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month parade at Syracuse University,  SCSD social workers attending the McMahon/Ryan Stand Against Child Abuse Conference, personalized learning station rotations in schools across the district and more. Please take a few minutes to watch!
Finally, please remember that SCSD Educational Foundation grants for the 2018-19 school year are due on Friday, October 5th. These grants fund some really innovative projects in our schools, and I encourage you to apply! To learn more about the guidelines, and fill out the online application form, please click here.